Nursing Ed Using More Virtual Simulation, Other New Tech

By Rhea Kelly


A recent survey of thought leaders in the nursing field revealed that nursing education programs are accelerating adoption of virtual simulation and other cutting-edge technologies. The National League for Nursing Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology, found that 65 percent of nursing education programs currently use virtual simulation to train students, 84 percent use instructional video for skill development and 75 percent employ online/distance learning. Rounding out the technology landscape:

  • Adaptive quizzing and testing (used by 64 percent of nursing programs);
  • Electronic health record applications (60 percent);
  • Integrated digital curriculum (49 percent);
  • Mobile apps (41 percent);
  • Social media (37 percent);
  • Facetime/videoconferencing (35 percent)
  • E-portfolios of student work (31 percent)